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Board of Examiners of Psychologists The effect of the rules will be to update the code of ethics to the most recent version and add a new chapter that sets a minimum continuing education requirement, defines a continuing education unit, provide guidance on courses eligible for continuing education credit, provides guidance on documentation needed for continuing education, and provides for an exception to the requirements where applicable. The reason for adopting the proposed rules is to update to the most recent version of the code of ethics and set minimum continuing education requirements pursuant to SDCL 36-27A-26. 08/21/2020 09/15/2020 08/17/2020
South Dakota Board of Examiners for Counselors and Marriage and Family Therapists The effect of the rules is to implement Senate Bill 18 and Senate Bill 19. Specifically, the proposed rules change the timeline for renewal of licensees to a biennial renewal; clarify the application process and qualifications for a professional counselor, professional counselor-mental health and marriage and family therapist; clarify the requirements for licensure by endorsement for professional counselors, professional counselors-mental health, and marriage and family therapists licensed in another state; provide a temporary license option for professional counselors, professional counselors-mental health, and marriage and family therapists licensed in another state who do not immediately meet the examination requirements for licensure by endorsement; provide an option to inactivate a license or reinstate an expired license, under certain circumstances; establish standards for the practice of counseling and marriage and family therapy by electronic means; update and clarify the requirements for post-graduate supervision; update and clarify the requirements for continuing education to renew a license; set the necessary fees for biennial renewal and the license options provided for in Senate Bill 18 and Senate Bill 19; and reorganize the current chapters pertaining to professional counseling, professional counseling-mental health, and marriage and family therapy to be user friendly for licensees and prospective licensees and clearly articulate the requirements for licensure and the expectations of licensees. 08/21/2020 09/15/2020 08/20/2020
Medical Services The effect of the rules will be to update to most recent version of coding manuals, update to reflect a change in federal regulations that allows other licensed practitioners to order home health services and order medical equipment, clarify coverage for medically necessary services with no transportation provided by a ground ambulance, clarify third-party liability and align with the federal Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, update primary care provider program requirements, and clarify language throughout. 08/25/2020 09/15/2020 09/04/2020
Child Protection Services The effect of the rule change will be to update the age of a person being screened against the Central Registry from 10 to 18 years of age. 10/16/2020 10/27/2020
Behavioral Health – Appropriate Regional Facility These new rules are a result of SDCL 27A-10-1.2 which was created by SB 4 during the 2020 Legislative Session. The rules outline the minimum standards that facilities must meet to be designated as an appropriate regional facility. These facilities will provide short-term inpatient crisis stabilization services to individuals regionally with the goal of preventing unnecessary admissions to HSC and keeping individuals in crisis close to home. It is possible that some of the facilities seeking designation by DSS would not be facilities that are regulated by any other entity. These rules are intended to provide DSS the level of oversight needed to protect the health and safety of individuals served in these appropriate regional facilities without creating unnecessary hurdles for facilities seeking designation. 10/16/2020 10/27/2020